Voyage Médical autour du monde, exécuté sur la corvette du roi La Coquille…. DUPERREY, René-Primevère LESSON.
Voyage Médical autour du monde, exécuté sur la corvette du roi La Coquille…

Voyage Medical autour du monde…
Voyage Médical autour du monde, exécuté sur la corvette du roi La Coquille…

Paris: Roret, 1829.

Octavo, some light spots but a good uncut copy in the original plain dark blue wrappers with printed spine label.

Duperrey's surgeon gives his account

A surprisingly rare voyage account, by the surgeon on the Duperrey expedition. Lesson succeeded to the post after the existing surgeon Garnot had to be put ashore in Sydney for ill health. He prepared a report, as was normal practice on French exploring voyages, to hand to the health department at the Ministry of Marine as soon as the expedition reached France. Lesson says that he later showed the report to a number of his medical colleagues and was persuaded to publish it.

A surprisingly rare voyage account, by the surgeon on the Duperrey expedition. Lesson succeeded to the post after the existing surgeon Garnot had to be put ashore in Sydney for ill health. He prepared a report, as was normal practice on French exploring voyages, to hand to the health department at the Ministry of Marine as soon as the expedition reached France. Lesson says that he later showed the report to a number of his medical colleagues and was persuaded to publish it.

This is not a dry, medical report so much as a narrative of the voyage, interspersed with the scientific observations of a medically-educated man. Lesson includes as a supplement his lengthy anthropological memoir on the races of Oceania, Malaysia and Australia. The book is particularly interesting as Lesson - in this and his later Voyage autour du monde (1838) - provided the only separately-published narrative of the voyage: Duperrey's own account was never completed.

O'Reilly-Reitman, 4216 and 9040; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection

Condition Report: Slight wear to spine but very good.

Price (AUD): $8,750.00

US$6,056.49   Other currencies

Ref: #5000441

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